Newly released images reveal the scale of redevelopment planned in Sheffield city centre, as Sheffield Hallam sets out its proposals for a new teaching and learning hub and public green space.
Three new teaching and learning buildings will be built on the site of the recently demolished Science Park. The area is close to the principal city railway station and described by the university as a “key gateway to Sheffield city centre”.
The university plans to become the “world’s leading applied university” and has significantly invested into developing alternative higher technical provision. It is home to over 30,000 students. It is also the host of the civic university network – a new project that aims to galvanise the work universities do to improve and support their environs.
The planned campus features a new 400 square metre ‘university green’ – a proposed public space and “green heart for the campus”. The university will collect feedback before a forthcoming planning application.
The university has pledged to include the “latest technology and measures to make the new buildings zero-carbon ready”, such as heat pumps, photovoltaic panels and a design sensitive to the needs of sustainable transport.
Richard Calvert, deputy-vice-chancellor (strategy and operations), said: “These new facilities are designed to deliver significant benefits for our students and make Sheffield Hallam an even more attractive place to study and work, whilst also enhancing a key gateway to Sheffield City Centre.
“The space is designed to preserve the character of the surrounding area and a focus on environmental sustainability means the new buildings will be zero carbon ready – a key ambition for the university.
“This development will play a major part in delivering on our ambitions as a university, including our contribution to the city and region. We look forward to engaging with our wider community through this consultation.”